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Of Fairfax, VA passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Gudrun Maticko; devoted father of Karen (Mark) Braun of Centreville, VA, Maria (Lance) Rhoads of West Chester, PA, John R. Maticko of Fairfax, VA and Rebecca (Jay) Silver of Brooklyn, NY; loving brother of John J. (Harriet) Maticko of North Huntingdon, PA; proud grandfather of Kirsten, Bradley, Rachel, Matthew, Luke, Anna, Jacob and Holden. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Marian.
He was raised in Duquesne, PA, graduated from Catholic University and served for over 24 years as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy. After military retirement he worked for a number of years in the Defense Contract Business. He was a cancer survivor who overcame a lot of adversity in his life through his extraordinary will power, faith, and loving support of his family. He enjoyed fly fishing, golf and especially spending time with his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 3700 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Gene Maticko to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 16, 2012
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